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Josh Lefkowitz
Chief Executive Officer
Josh Lefkowitz executes the company’s strategic vision to empower organizations with Business Risk Intelligence (BRI). He has worked extensively with authorities to track and analyze terrorist groups. Mr. Lefkowitz also served as a consultant to the FBI’s senior management team and worked for a top tier, global investment bank. Mr. Lefkowitz holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Williams College.
Evan Kohlmann
Chief Innovation Officer
Evan Kohlmann focuses on product innovation at Flashpoint where he leverages fifteen years’ experience tracking Al-Qaida, ISIS, and other terrorist groups. He has consulted for the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Justice, the Australian Federal Police, and Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command, among others. Mr. Kohlmann holds a JD from the Univ. of Pennsylvania Law School and a BSFS in International Politics from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown Univ.
Josh Devon
Chief Operating Officer / VP Product
Josh Devon focuses on product vision and strategy at Flashpoint while ensuring the company’s departments function synergistically during its rapid growth. He also works to ensure that customers receive best in class products, services, and support. Previously, Mr. Devon co-founded the SITE Intelligence Group where he served as Assistant Director. He holds an MA from SAIS at Johns Hopkins Univ. At the Univ. of Pennsylvania, he received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School and a BA in English from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Jennifer Leggio
Chief Marketing Officer / VP Operations
Jennifer Leggio is responsible for Flashpoint’s marketing, customer acquisition, and operations. Ms. Leggio has more than 20 years of experience driving marketing, communications and go-to-market strategies in the cybersecurity industry. She’s previously held senior leadership roles at Digital Shadows, Cisco, Sourcefire, and Fortinet. She’s been a contributor to Forbes and ZDNet, and has spoken on the importance of coordinated disclosure at DEF CON and Hack in the Box, and on threat actor “publicity” trends at RSA Conference, Gartner Security Summit, and SXSW Interactive.
Chris Camacho
Chief Strategy Officer
Chris Camacho partners with Flashpoint’s executive team to develop, communicate, and execute strategic initiatives pertaining to Business Risk Intelligence (BRI). With over 15 years of cybersecurity leadership experience, he has spearheaded initiatives across Operational Strategy, Incident Response, Threat Management, and Security Operations to ensure cyber risk postures align with business goals. Most recently as a Senior Vice President of Information Security at Bank of America, Mr. Camacho was responsible for overseeing the Threat Management Program. An entrepreneur, Mr. Camacho also serves as CEO for NinjaJobs: a career-matching community for elite cybersecurity talent. He has a BS in Decision Sciences & Management of Information Systems from George Mason University.
Lisa Iadanza
Chief People Officer
Lisa M. Iadanza leads all functional areas of People Operations at Flashpoint, including human resources, talent acquisition & management, employee engagement, and developing high performance teams. In addition to collaborating with the executive team to drive strategic growth, she plays an integral role in fostering Flashpoint’s culture and mission. Driven by her passions for mentorship, employee advocacy, and talent development, Ms. Iadanza has more than twenty years of experience in building, scaling, and leading human resources functions. Prior to Flashpoint, she held leadership roles at Conde Nast, Terra Technology, and FreeWheel. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and holds a bachelor’s degree in management with concentrations in human resources and marketing from State University of New York at Binghamton.
Lance James
Chief Scientist / VP Engineering
Lance James is responsible for leading Flashpoint’s technology development. Prior to joining Flashpoint in 2015, he was the Head of Cyber Intelligence at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. James has been an active member of the security community for over 20 years and enjoys working creatively together with technology teams to design and develop impactful solutions that disrupt online threats.
Brian Costello
SVP Global Sales and Solution Architecture
Brian Costello, a 20-year information technology and security solutions veteran, is responsible for leading the Global Sales, Solution Architecture, and Professional Services teams at Flashpoint. Throughout his career, Brian has successfully built security and cloud teams that have provided customers with innovative technology solutions, exceeded targets and consistently grown business year over year. Prior to Flashpoint, Brian led a global security and cloud vertical practice for Verizon. Brian also held senior leadership roles at Invincea, Risk Analytics and Cybertrust. Brian received his B.A. from George Mason University.
Tom Hofmann
VP Intelligence
Tom Hofmann leads the intelligence directorate that is responsible for the collection, analysis, production, and dissemination of Deep and Dark Web data. He works closely with clients to prioritize their intelligence requirements and ensures internal Flashpoint operations are aligned to those needs. Mr. Hofmann has been at the forefront of cyber intelligence operations in the commercial, government, and military sectors, and is renowned for his ability to drive effective intelligence operations to support offensive and defensive network operations.
Jake Wells
VP Customer Success
Jake Wells leads the company’s customer success team, serving as an internal advocate for our government and commercial clients to ensure Flashpoint’s intelligence solutions meet their evolving needs. He leverages a decade of experience running cyber and counterterrorism investigations, most recently with the NYPD Intelligence Bureau, to maximize the value customers generate from our products and services. Mr. Wells holds an MA from Columbia University and a BA from Emory University.
Brian Brown
VP Business Development
Brian Brown is responsible for the overall direction of strategic sales and development supporting Flashpoint’s largest clients. In his role, Mr. Brown focuses on designing and executing growth-oriented sales penetration strategies across multiple vertical markets, including both Government and Commercial, supporting Flashpoint’s Sales and Business Development Teams. An experienced entrepreneur, Mr. Brown also serves as CSO for NinjaJobs, a private community created to match elite cybersecurity talent with top tier global jobs and also advise growth-stage cybersecurity companies.

Things to Know Before Developing Intelligence Requirements

Blog
February 28, 2019

To state the obvious, proper intelligence requirements must be in place before data collection, analysis, and consumption of intel can happen. These requirements are critical because they enable an organization to choose and prioritize its intelligence goals, determine what information it needs to collect and from what sources to achieve those goals, establish how it will process this information, and identify which dissemination methods are most appropriate for the finished intelligence it produces.

Intelligence requirements mandate some initial groundwork, however. The commercial sector, for example, has a much different starting point than its public-sector counterparts; a government agency may want to know all it can about an adversary targeting its network, while a financial services organization may be primarily concerned about getting those bad guys off its network—whomever they may be—and keeping them off.

This approach will guide how intelligence requirements are formulated as organizations attempt to understand and protect their infrastructure, lessen the attack surface a threat actor may target, and reduce exposure to risk.

Assets and Exposure

Building intelligence requirements that work for your organization requires a deep understanding of available assets and exposure through a comprehensive asset inventory and threat-profiling exercise, more so than a debate about how much software and people hours you will need to invest in order to address a threat. A much more fruitful discussion should be had about the specific information you need to collect to satisfy specific intel requirements.

For the commercial sector, this type of asset inventory and evaluation of internal assets and exposure in the context of adversaries’ tactics, techniques, and procedures must also include an understanding of threats to others in your industry, and tangentially against your supply chain, or others who store and execute upon the same types of data as your company. Being solely reactive puts organizations at an immediate disadvantage, not only with regard to incident response, but also with communicating potential risk to intelligence consumers and decision makers.

The More You Know…

Looking at this from a commercial business risk intelligence (BRI) perspective, intelligence requirements are derived from questions that need to be answered, and those questions should be formulated by those who will consume the subsequent intelligence, such as business leaders or analysts in a security operations center.

It’s too broad a question to ask whether there are hackers a business needs to be concerned with, because properly answering that question would require extensive, time-consuming data collection and profiling of active threat actors and could easily be over-taxing for analysts already overburdened with alerts. A more focused approach would be to first identify which systems are core to the business. Next, determine whether there are publicly disclosed vulnerabilities and/or attacks targeting those systems, understand the consequences of a breach of the data on those systems, and find out whether attackers are targeting others in your industry.

This level of insight can help an organization narrow its open web or Deep & Dark Web sources of information and focus only on core areas of concern, such as cybercrime, fraud-loss avoidance, emergent malware, disruptive attacks, or public exploits, for example. It also puts security analysts and decision makers in a position to be proactive about future threats and inform risk-based decisions.

Worthwhile Challenges

Once there is an understanding of assets and exposure based on such specific and tailored questions, work on equally narrow intelligence requirements may begin. In the above examples, an organization may establish a requirement that certain threat-actor profiles be developed, or intelligence on only a handful of pertinent vulnerabilities and exploits be produced. If threat actors have used a zero-day attack against organizations running a previously undisclosed Adobe Flash vulnerability, and you’ve blocked Flash usage on employee devices, these incidents have little bearing on your operation.

This is the type of tactical, operational, or strategic intelligence organizations require to inform decisions and lessen risk. It all begins with intelligence requirements, and going a layer higher, the legwork required to support the development of viable intelligence requirements is challenging. It’s also worthwhile and supports the ultimate outcome for any security and risk team: preserve an organization’s resiliency and operational continuity.

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Mike Mimoso

Editorial Director

Michael Mimoso brings over a decade of experience in IT security news reporting to Flashpoint. As Editorial Director, he collaborates with marketing, analyst, and leadership teams to share the company’s story. Prior to Flashpoint, Mike was as an Editor of Threatpost, where he covered security issues and cybercrime affecting businesses and end-users.
Prior to joining Threatpost, Mike was Editorial Director of the Security Media Group at TechTarget and Editor of Information Security magazine where he won several ASBPE national and regional writing awards. In addition, Information Security was a two-time finalist for national magazine of the year. He has been writing for business-to-business IT publications for 11 years, with a primary focus on information security.
Earlier in his career, Mike was an editor and reporter at several Boston-area newspapers. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts. 

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